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Sicily Hotels and Apartments
Sicily is Italy’s largest island and also the largest island in the Mediterranean, located just off the toe of Italy’s boot. Sicily is perfectly formed, it is filled with greenery and natural beauty with orange, lemon, olive trees and grape vines scattered across the inland landscapes. The coastline is full of golden sandy stretches including the popular Mondello Beach, Palermo and the beach of Taormina.
Mount Etna is the one of the highlights of Sicily, it’s the biggest active volcano in Europe and its remarkable eruptions have created a unique landscape over centuries. Taormina sits near Etna and is a medieval town, with a charismatic appeal and picture perfect qualities. Palermo is the capital of Sicily and the largest city in the island, it has a rugged beauty and is seen as the rough, uncut jewel. There is no shortage of cultural attractions to discover with medieval charm dotted around the city.
The whole island is soaked in fascinating history and mythology. Palermo is the charming capital of Sicily, explore the old town with its labyrinth of back streets and curious Italian sights and smells as well and its palaces and churches. A must see within Palermo is San Giovanni degli Eremiti, a 12th century Norman church with five Arab-inspired red domes.
Taormina is perched beside Etna and is steeped with history. The Porta di Mezzo, or clock tower is the gateway into the medieval quarter, a favourite with street artists. Take a wander round the winding streets with hidden treasures and Baroque architecture. The medieval mansion of Plazzo Ciampoli is a must see for architecture buffs and the Greek amphitheatre is perhaps one of the prettiest spots in Sicily, overlooking two sweeping bays.
Food lovers’ paradise
One of the main attractions of Sicily is its food and wine, with the island’s cuisine reflecting the cultural influences which have shaped Sicily over the centuries. Fresh ingredients are key in Sicilian dishes with seafood being a regular on the menu, especially around the coastal towns with fresh catches made daily. Be sure to try some of the regions specialities such as ‘zuppe di cozze’, ‘panella’ and ‘cannoli’. As well as local culinary specialities, typical Italian foods like pizza and pasta are served in every variety.
Craters and cones
Mount Etna is a spectacular sight and worth visiting, towering over the cities below at 3,350 metres. Europe’s greatest wonder is a scared mountain with oozes myth and legend. Explore the upper regions of the mountain by foot on or take the cable car both routes offer spectacular views of the surrounding area. However you go, at whatever time of year, take warm clothes and good footwear it’s cool at the top. Rifugio Sapienza is the base camp for Etna and has several cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops.
· Currency – EUR
· Time zone – GMT (+1) hr
· Travel time – London Gatwick (LGW) 3 hr - Catania Fontanarossa Airport (CTA)